Did Bostock discover allergic rhinitis?

Jean Bousquet and Pascal Demoly

in Landmark Papers in Allergy

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199651559
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754241 | DOI:

Series: Landmark Papers

Did Bostock discover allergic rhinitis?

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The following case, it is presumed, will not be altogether uninteresting to the Society, as affording an example of an unusual train of symptoms, and it may perhaps be considered the more worthy of their attention, from its having occurred in the person of the narrato . . . About the beginning or middle of June in every year, the following symptoms make their appearance, with a greater or less degree of violence. A sensation of heat and fullness is experienced in the eyes, first along the edges of the lids, and especially in the inner angles, but after some time over the whole of the ball . . . This state of the eyes comes on in paroxysms, at uncertain intervals, from about the second week in June to the middle of July . . . to this succeeds irritation of the nose, producing sneezing, which occurs in fits of extreme violence . . . To the sneezings are added a farther sensation of tightness of the chest, and a difficulty of breathing, with a general irritation of the fauces and trachea.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Immunology ; Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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